Zero Point Motion’s £2.58m seed round paves way for new navigation and motion sensing chips

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Zero Point Motion, a Bristol-based startup designing semiconductor technology for precise motion tracking and navigation, has raised £2.58m in a seed round led by Foresight Williams.

The funding will go towards a state-of-the-art lab in Bristol and a major recruitment drive to accelerate R&D of their photonic inertial sensor chips, which will initially target the drone and robotics market.

Zero Point Motion uses optical sensing techniques from the research area known as ‘cavity optomechanics’ to reduce positioning error.

“With proven capability to detect motion smaller than the size of a single electron, cavity optomechanical sensing has already had extraordinary benefits for fundamental physics research,” said CEO and founder Dr Ying Lia Li.

“Now, we are harnessing this power to improve the inertial sensing devices we’ve come to rely on, bringing untold new potential to drones, VR/AR, indoor navigation, and imaging stabilisation.”

Incorporated in 2020, Zero Point Motion won a UCLQ Quantum Science and Technology Institute InQuBATE grant and gained pre-seed investment from u-blox to file patents and develop their commercial roadmap.

And Lia was named as one of 38 female entrepreneurs to win a £50,000 grant from government-backed Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation award. The award was announced to coincide with International Women’s Day.